Scouts around the world celebrated the 100th anniversary of their movement Wednesday. While observances took place from the Kingdom of Bhutan to Ecuador, the symbolic focus was on Brownsea Island, off the coast of southern England.
That's the site where Robert Baden-Powell organized a camp for 20 boys that developed into the worldwide scouting movement. Baden-Powell, a lieutenant-general in the British army, organized that camp to teach boys outdoor skills and physical fitness.
He detailed the experiences in a book called Scouting for Boys, and the movement gained footing when boys organized themselves into groups, persuaded adults to become their leaders, and used Baden-Powell's ideas as the basis for camps, treks and other activities.